How to Become a Forest Officer? Know About the Selection Process, Eligibility Criteria & Other

The post of Forest Officer exists in environment, forest and agriculture ministries of Central and State Governments, in some of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), etc. The post of Forest Officer is a Group ‘B’ post. Forest Officer functions include estimation, survey, conservation and reporting of biological resources, live creatures and botanical resources within the jurisdiction area of his posting. Forest Officer has to ensure the conservation of forest geographical according to the regulations and standards laid down by the Government with coordination of local administration and in case of any violation, levying the fine, etc. are among the main responsibilities. It’s also a Forest Officer’s responsibility work for conservation and promotion of zoological and botanical resources in its area of jurisdiction.

The role of a Forest Officer is very important in context to the conservation of environment, forest system and green conservation. Forest Officer has to ensure the compliance of various applicable standards and regulations within the jurisdiction and levying fine in case of any violation. To become a Forest Officer any candidate need to have through understanding of environment, forest system and botanical ranges.

Eligibility Criteria for Forest Officer

To become a Forest Officer, a candidate needs to have qualified bachelor’s degree in Forestry or Agriculture or Horticulture or Environmental Science or Zoology or Botany or any other related subject from a recognised university or institution. Candidates having higher qualification in Forestry are given preference in selection.

There are certain physical standards have also been laid down for the post of Forest Officer, for example – Height 163 CM for Male (150 CM for female candidates), Chest 84 CM (minimum expansion 5 CM), etc.

Age Limit for Forest Officer

To become a Forest Officer, a candidate’s age should be between 18 years to 40 years. However, the upper age limit for candidates having some work experience could be higher. While, candidates from reserved categories are given relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the government.

Selection Process for Forest Officer

The selection for Forest Officer is done on the basis of performance in educational records, written exam and personal interview. Written exam consists the questions related to the compulsory subjects (General Knowledge, General English) and optional subjects, for example – Agriculture, Chemistry, Engineering, Forestry, Horticulture, Physics, Veterinary Science, Botany, Computer Application Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Zoology, etc.

Salary Structure for Forest Officer

For the post of Forest Officer salary is given according to the Pay Matrix Level – 14 of the Seventh Pay Commission. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. However, in case of state governments, the salary structure could be different according to the state.

How to Get Forest Officer Vacancy Updates?

The post of Forest Officer being available in environment, forest and agriculture ministries of Central and State Governments, in some of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), etc. the vacancies are advertised by these institutions from time to time. These vacancies are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.

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